IWSG September 2019: To Sit and Write

The Insecure Writer's Support Group question of the month is: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
My answer takes me back in history.

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If I could, I would like to visit my younger self for one week, during the 1970s. I often write about my childhood and teen years and remember a lot of detail, but there is so much more. This time around, I would pay more attention to the details  and soak it in. And if it didn’t complicate things, I might run my short stories by the younger Teresa. As long as I’m already there,  I would also tell her:
  1. At one hundred pounds and 5’6”, you are not fat!
  2. The mirror that told you this is now parked on my fireplace mantel. We became friends. 
  3. You will one day not be bothered by the natural, frizzy curliness of your hair.  In fact you will wear your hair curly sometimes! (Younger Teresa will gasp at that statement.) Oh and no more juice cans to sleep on to straighten your hair. They have flat irons now that will smooth out any evidence of curl.
  4. You write every day on a your stories.
  5. You never got over your spider phobia.
  6. Go to college first, before marriage. You'll thank yourself later.
  7. Your kids are wonderful!
  8. Let your parents know early how much you appreciate and love them.  It's important!

    T. 

Comments

  1. I suspect that quite a lot of us would tell our younger selves that they are NOT fat. And suspect those younger selves would not believe us.

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  2. Hi Teresa - yes so many things I agree with ... having little hair - that solves that problem ... and yes remembering those days ... so much - one understands how diarists write every day ... and I agree with you re the kids and the appreciation ... it is so important. Cheers Hilary

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  3. I too would like to visit my younger self as I didn'y start writing poetry until I was widowed. To write whilst my family were small would have been great.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Those are wise words to your younger self. Only a hundred pounds? That's not fat, that's very skinny!

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  5. Often, whether young or old, what we see in the mirror reflects our fears and not the truth, right? Even if our younger selves would listen to our advice, they would only make new mistakes to replace the old ones. One of the two speculative novels I am working on centers on that. Thanks for dropping by, Teresa. :-)

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  6. Very wise - and touching - tips to younger you. I think you must've gotten through to her at least somewhat because she seems to have turned out pretty dang well.

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  7. What a touching post. I would also like to visit my younger self, give her some advice and a pep talk, and give her a strong hug.

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  8. That was lovely. I think it's always helpful to think about what we would say to our past and future selves. This is Raven O'Fiernan, by the way. I had a gmail account set up, but it doesn't seem to be working.

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  9. How clever, thinking about visiting your younger self, rather than a specific place. How I wish I could have done the same, Teresa 🌹

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  10. Wouldn't it be good to go back and impart our wisdom on our younger selves. You have me thinking now about what I would say . . .

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  11. LOVELY -- had a set of young adults visiting, the negatives were a wear out. If they knew how intelligent, beautiful, and worldly they are - imagine what they could do for all of us. Too bad the negatives surround them. Or, maybe a good thing - blasting through these insults to find the best in oneself is a challenge and greeting positives is the goal for all of us.

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  12. I would visit my tire swing, or my favorite climbing tree that had the perfect arrangement of branches for a place to sit and daydream. I would love to write there.

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  13. Great things to tell your younger self and those close indeed. I'd go back and tell myself a few things to prevent some crap, but then it wouldn't bring the crap, so I never would. Time travel...ugg.

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  14. I did go back to 1969 to write Incense and Peppermints and what I remembered of that wild time. I was also skinny and thought I was chunky. Teenagers!

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  15. Good advice! I'd tell my younger self that it's okay to be an introvert, but it's not okay to be so afraid of people & social settings that you turn turtle into a verb

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  16. That's an unusual and lovely take on the prompt. I got a lump in my throat when I read - spend more time with your parents. Did you sleep on juice cans to straighten your hair? And here am I with poker straight hair wondering how to get some body into it. Not all the time though. Only occasionally.

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  17. I enjoyed your thoughts to your younger self. Very creative too. Happy IWSG!
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  18. I think being able to re-visit your younger self would be wonderful. But at the same time, I guess we wouldn't be the people we are now if we'd been told those things when we were younger. Assuming of course your younger self would have listened... I somehow doubt younger Kate would have taken any advice from older Kate!

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  19. If I went back to my younger self and told me I'd be writing a novel one day, I'd never have believed it. Somethings you just can't teach your younger self.

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  20. Interesting answer. I definitely have a few things I'd like to tell my younger self not to worry about. She'd also be shocked to learn I became a writer.

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  21. Ah, that hindsight is so smart and thoughtful. Lots of good advice. You can still tell your inner child/teenager/young adult all the stuff you know now, though. My younger self needs a good talking to. LOL.

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  22. Okay, I know that I am very late! I'm always playing catch-up! If I could visit my younger self I'd tell her to be a lot kinder and gentler toward herself. I'd also tell her to just accept being short on time, because she will always be short on time ~ LOL! Your last thing was so very important! Because the day comes, always faster than you could ever imagine, and one or both of your parents are gone.

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  23. Funny, I was a little chunky, but never thought of myself that way. I wish I had the hours I spent on my hair back!
    #1 thing to tell my younger self - FINISH the stories you write. They were good, and, by now, I'd be a lot further along my road to writing.

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